America in Bloom’s Belpre judging will continue today

BELPRE- A pair of judges from the America in Bloom national awards program are in the process of visiting various sites throughout Belpre as part of the judging of the Belpre in Bloom program.

Sue Amatangelo and Susie Stratton, judges for America in Bloom, began their judging Monday and will conclude their visit today.

During the judging process, they are visiting a number of sites in Belpre, including areas where Belpre in Bloom has worked to plant decorative flowers, install signage and make other improvements over the last three years.

The judges attended a luncheon Monday at the Belpre Senior Center where they met a number of volunteers and other participants in the Belpre in Bloom beautification program.

Belpre is one of 33 towns across America working on local revitalization programs with the hopes of receiving an America in Bloom national award. In the 4,500-10,000 population category, Belpre is competing against Brewton, Ala., Greendale, Ind., Catskill, N.Y., and Estes Park, Colo.

“The benefits of being a part of America in Bloom are endless and countless,” Amatangelo said Monday, adding those benefits are also cumulative. “You start to see changes happening, you start to see a difference in your community,” she said.

She has enjoyed talking with volunteers and participants, especially those who have been with Belpre in Bloom from the early stages.

Amatangelo said the judges are considering categories as they review Belpre and its programs: floral displays, urban forestry, landscaped areas and more.